Rotten! by Anita Sanchez will be released Tuesday, January 22. It is a picture book/chapter book hybrid targeting 3rd-6th graders (and even adults!), and covers all different aspects of decomposition. The text is light-hearted, with clever, child-friendly analogies about the science behind death and rebirth.

Below are some of the layouts and illustrations I created to go with the text, ranging from the funny– to the whimsical — to the serious and reverent (in the case of the funeral over a compost pile image).

A recommended read for anyone interested in the basics of composting their garden, understanding the science behind decomposition, and grasping a better understanding of all that ends and begins again.